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Dispute Over Indian Mosque Stokes Tensions

NEW DELHI — A mosque in northern India adjacent to a Hindu temple has become the focal point of a religious dispute after reports that a stone shaft believed to be the symbol of a Hindu god lies on the mosque’s premises. This is the second mosque in northern India to be caught up in contentious claims. A decades-old dispute […]

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Taliban Say No Christians Live In Afghanistan; US Groups Concerned

Husain Andaryas was a religious fighter in the war against the invading Soviet army in Afghanistan in the early 1980s, but almost a year after the Soviets left, he converted to Christianity. For the next nine years, Andaryas wandered in several regional countries, suffered torture, and was finally offered a job at a church in Virginia, enabling him to migrate […]

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Pope Condemns Russia’s Barbarous Bombardment Of Ukraine

Pope Francis has described the war in Ukraine as a “macabre regression of humanity” that makes him “suffer and cry.” He also called for humanitarian corridors to evacuate people trapped in the Mariupol steel factory. Speaking to thousands of people in St Peter’s Square in Rome for his noon blessing, Francis again implicitly criticized Russia. “My thoughts go immediately to […]

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Pope Urges World Not To Surrender To Evil, Violence In Easter Of War

ROME — On Easter Sunday, Pope Francis said Jesus, the victor over sin, fear, and death, called on the world not to surrender to evil and violence. He made an impassioned plea for an end to the war in Ukraine and urged the faithful to appeal for peace and the end to cruelty and senseless destruction. For the crowds, this Easter […]

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Patriarch Kirill: Putin Ally Faces Backlash After ‘Blessing’ War

Pope and several priests appeal to the Russian Orthodox Church leader after he endorsed the Ukraine invasion. On March 16, Pope Francis held a video meeting with Patriarch Kirill, the 75-year-old leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and a longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin. The head of the Catholic church warned the Russian patriarch against hiding behind religion to […]

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President Biden Issued Proclamation On Religious Freedom

President Biden has issued a proclamation in favor of religious freedom, saying he’s declaring Sunday, January 16 as Religious Freedom Day. It’s something that presidents do every year. “Our Founders enshrined the principle of religious freedom in the First Amendment to our Constitution, establishing it as a cornerstone of who we are as a Nation,” Biden rightly asserts. Below is […]

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Pope Francis Calls For ‘Dialogue’

Pope Francis, the 85-year-old pontiff, has lamented the lack of relationship among the international family of nations. He noted the need for dialogue to bring healing and resolve conflicts within the international space. In his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message delivered on Saturday, Christmas Day, the head of the Catholic Church called on individuals and […]

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Pope Keeping Eyes On Tensions Between Russia And Ukraine

Leader of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis has made an appeal for the easing of tensions between Russia and Ukraine. This comes against the background of Russia’s increased military presence in the Black Sea. The Pope made his remarks to the public gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. He expressed his concern and called for calm given the […]

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COVID-19 Puts A Damper On Hajj 2020

Photo credit: Adli Wahid The annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (HAJJ) is scheduled for this month and will take place from Tuesday, July 28th to Sunday, August 2nd, this year. Hajj is a chance for all Muslims to wipe away their sins, not a one-time event. This time, however, it will all be different due to the effect of Covid-19. […]

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Pope Francis Prays For Peace And Goodwill To All Men

Pope Francis, in his Christmas message, prayed for peace and renewed brotherhood in troubled spots around the world that include Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other places experiencing conflict. “May all of us receive peace and consolation from the birth of the Savior and, in the knowledge that we are loved by the one heavenly Father, realize anew that we […]